by G. Brown
After a week in which fans worldwide have been sending up words of hope and prayer on behalf of Aretha Franklin, the legendary singer’s amazing song of life has reached its final note.
The 76-year old Franklin died Thursday morning at her Detroit home according to her publicist. The official cause of death was advanced pancreatic cancer. Franklin’s family released the following statement…”In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family,”
Franklin’s health had been the source of numerous rumors in recent years after the singer’s weight loss offered visible cues that something was wrong. Even as rumors mounted, Franklin denied reports of battling a terminal disease in 2011 and continued performing through this year until her declining health would no longer allow her to take center stage.
But to fans, including legions of singers inspired by Aretha’s powerhouse vocals, the 18 time Grammy award winner will always be center stage in their memories.
Rest easy #ARETHAFRANKLIN I imagine u in heaven performing & still making people souls move🙌🏾 this was my aunt favorite record #RockSteady you will always be the Queen of Soul you been that before many of us were born! Thank you for giving us LEGENDARY TIMELESS music 🙏🏾❤️ pic.twitter.com/bEueBCLGJ9
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) August 16, 2018
— Habib Beye (@BeyeHabib) August 16, 2018
“Looking out on the morning rain
I used to feel so uninspired
And when I knew
I had to face another day
Lord, it made me feel so tired
Before the day I met you
Life was so unkind
But you’re the key to
My peace of mind.”
Her voice/swagger was peerless.
Thank you, #ArethaFranklin pic.twitter.com/5gp0OP10Jf
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) August 16, 2018
The greatest voice in American popular music has been stilled. Our beloved #ArethaFranklin has gone. For me, she was a musical lighthouse, guiding and inspiring with every note. I loved her so and love her still. Goodbye, Queen of Soul.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) August 16, 2018
The moment I wake up, before I put on my make up, I say a little prayer for you
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) August 16, 2018
Salute to the Queen. The greatest vocalist I’ve ever known. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 #Aretha
— John Legend (@johnlegend) August 16, 2018
Aretha was such a timeless inspiration to me and so many others, the ultimate queen, thank you for the gift of your voice, music and unshakeable soul 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/me3FXBY4WZ
— Christina Aguilera (@xtina) August 16, 2018
I’m absolutely devastated by Aretha’s passing. She was truly one of a kind. She was more than the Queen of Soul. She was a national treasure to be cherished by every generation throughout the world. (1/2)
— Clive Davis (@CliveDavis) August 16, 2018
Mourning the loss today of @ArethaFranklin who shared her spirit and talent with the world. She deserves not only our RESPECT but also our lasting gratitude for opening our eyes, ears and hearts. Rest in eternal peace, my friend.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 16, 2018
One of the highlights of my career was singing with #ArethaFranklin at The Tony Awards. It was an out of body experience for me. One of greatest singers of all time. You will be missed by all. https://t.co/L8dIIhyR9Y
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) August 16, 2018
Some fans like TV producer Shonda Rhimes’ sorrow was so heavy she could only utter one word…
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) August 16, 2018
While other fans were simply reduced to tears…
“The moment I wake up, before I put on my makeup
I say a little pray for you, while combing my hair now
And wondering what dress to wear now. I say a little prayer for you” pic.twitter.com/WTsjMdJqpp
— Markie Brown 🎗 (@MarkieBrown91) August 16, 2018
But few posts were more endearing and uplifting than that of former President Barack Obama’s…
From country music to classical, Franklin’s voice broke through walls of color and socio-economic barriers to touch people’s hearts and souls. Her songs moved masses to sway, swoon and even brought one President(Obama) to tears. Hers was a voice that will never be duplicated or a talent that will ever be surpassed.
We here at TRN extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends and fans of Aretha Franklin. Rest in Paradise Queen of Soul.
In tribute, here’s the Queen of Soul bringing down the house at the Kennedy Centers honors.